How do I join?

1471169488_4.jpgIFC membership pricing is optimized to be as low as possible while still providing the club the ability to rent floor space, purchase educational equipment for classes, purchase USAF club membership, etc.  We encourage you to explore other fencing options in the area, as we believe we offer the best deal around!  Unlike many sports clubs/martial arts schools we do not use contracts, end your membership anytime.  Membership options are described below:

Basic Membership

Designed for those members who want to fence or practice HEMA for fun and are not interested in seriously competing, or do not need/want additional training. Basic Membership benefits include:

  • Open fencing/HEMA (currently Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons)
  • Access to Individual lessons by IFC member coaches (additional cost)
  • Price of Basic Membership = $19 per month
  • USAF membership required for sport fencing members (non-competitive minimum)

Add-Ons

Intermediate Épée Program

For members who want to improve their épée skills but are not interested in or are not ready for the Competitive Épée Program. Requires Basic Membership. It is held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Benefits include:

    • Training Session (1.5 hours/week):
      • Warm up and footwork/bladework drills
      • 12 épée skills sets, rotating weekly, repeated 4 times per year
      • Test available on each skill (practical and verbal)
      • Situational bouting
    • Conditioning Session (.5 hour/week, Mondays at 7:00 pm)
    • Incremental price $29 per month

Intermediate Foil Program

For those members who want to improve their foil skills. Requires Basic Membership. It is held on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Benefits include:

    • Same as the Intermediate Épée Program, but for foil.
    • Incremental price $29 per month

Competitive Épée Program

Designed for serious competitive épéeists, who regularly compete, and who plan to compete at the Regional and National levels. Requires Basic Membership. Prerequisites: Mastery of Intermediate Épée Skills and Coach’s approval. Must commit to a minimum of 2 Individual Lessons per month ($20 per lesson, priced separately).  It is held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Benefits include:

    • Competitive Training Session (1.5 hours/week)
      • Warm up and footwork/bladework drills
      • Advanced épée skills/tactics
      • Situational bouting
      • Low student to coach ratio (target = 10 students or less)
    • Conditioning Session (.5 hour/week, Mondays at 7:00 pm)
    • Incremental price $59 per month, plus the cost of Individual Lessons.
  • Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)
    • There are two options for HEMA:
      • “One Weapon of Your Choice”- incremental price of $10 per month.
      • “All Weapons” –  incremental price of $20 per month
    • The list of available weapons changes periodically based on coach and member preferences.  Typically the list includes some mix of the following: Longsword, Sword & Buckler, Rapier & Dagger, Military Sabre & Cutlass .

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Private Lessons

Individual Lessons are the fastest way to improve your fencing/HEMA skills and are encouraged for everyone. Individual Lessons are arranged between students and coaches. Each coach will publish a schedule of available times. Students may sign up with the coach of their choice and may change coaches at any time. You are encouraged to find the right fit!

  • Coaching Staff:
    • Daniel Anez – foil
    • Natalie Chaykina – HEMA
    • Bill Winget – épée

Lessons are typically about $20 for a 20-30 minute lesson.